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Lincoln's Trident : The West Gulf Blockading Squadron during the Civil War

By: Browning Jr., Robert M.
Material type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on Demand.Publisher: Tuscaloosa : University of Alabama Press, 2015Description: 1 online resource (715 p.).ISBN: 9780817387785.Subject(s): Farragut, David Glasgow, 1801-1870 -- Military leadership | Gulf Coast (U.S.) -- History, Naval -- 19th century | Mexico, Gulf of -- History, Naval -- 19th century | Mississippi River Valley -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 | United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Blockades | United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Naval operations | United States. Navy -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 | United States. Navy. West Gulf SquadronGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Lincoln's Trident : The West Gulf Blockading Squadron during the Civil WarDDC classification: 973.7 | 973.7/58 | 973.758 LOC classification: E600E600 .B83 2014Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Contents; Preface; Acknowledgments; 1. The Hydra of Secession; 2. All Was Saved but Our Honor; 3. Beauty and Booty; 4. Come and Take the City; 5. These People Can Do Nothing without Gunboats; 6. The Importance of a Vigorous Blockade; 7. Bearding the Lion in His Den; 8. We Have No Vessel of Sufficient Speed; 9. Every Little Bayou; 10. Misfortunes Seldom Come Singly; 11. Give Me Wooden Ships and Iron Hearts; 12. The Black Devil and the Pup; 13. Where the Devil Is the Wind to Come From; 14. Heigh-Ho! The Sabine Pass?; 15. The Blockade Must Be Kept Up; 16. Notwithstanding All Our Watchfulness
17. Anything Is Preferable Than Lying on Our Oars18. Go Ahead Sir; 19. You Had Better Surrender; 20. Blockade Running . . . Is at an End; Conclusion; Notes; Select Bibliography; Index
Summary: In Lincoln's Trident, Coast Guard historian Robert M. Browning Jr. continues his magisterial series about the Union's naval blockade of the Confederacy during the American Civil War. Established by the Navy Department in 1862, the West Gulf Blockading Squadron operated from St. Andrews Bay (Panama City), Florida to the Rio Grande River. As with the Navy's blockade squadrons operating in the Atlantic, the mission of the West Gulf Blockading Squadron was to cripple the South's economy by halting imports and disrupting cotton exports, the South's main source of hard currency. The blockade also limited transportation within the South and participated in combined operations with Union land forces. The history of the squadron comprises myriad parts and players, deployed in a variety of missions across the thousand-mile-wide Western Theater. From disorganized beginnings, the squadron's leaders and sailors had to overcome setbacks, unfulfilled expectations, and lost opportunities. Browning masterfully captures the many variables that influenced the strategic choices of Navy commanders as they both doggedly pursued unchanging long-term goals as well as improvised and reacted to short-term opportunities. Notable among its leaders was David Glasgow Farragut, believed by many to be America's greatest naval hero, who led the squadron through most of the war and the climactic Battle of Mobile Bay. Under his legendary leadership, the squadron not only sealed Confederate sea ports, but also made feints and thrusts up the Mississippi River as far north as Vicksburg, Mississippi. Knowing the Navy's role in isolating the Confederate economy and preventing the movement of troops and supplies within the South is crucial to understanding of the outcomes of the Civil War, as well as the importance of naval power in military conflicts. With thirty-five maps and Summary: illustrations,Lincoln's Trident expounds upon an essential part of the Civil War as well as naval and American history.
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Contents; Preface; Acknowledgments; 1. The Hydra of Secession; 2. All Was Saved but Our Honor; 3. Beauty and Booty; 4. Come and Take the City; 5. These People Can Do Nothing without Gunboats; 6. The Importance of a Vigorous Blockade; 7. Bearding the Lion in His Den; 8. We Have No Vessel of Sufficient Speed; 9. Every Little Bayou; 10. Misfortunes Seldom Come Singly; 11. Give Me Wooden Ships and Iron Hearts; 12. The Black Devil and the Pup; 13. Where the Devil Is the Wind to Come From; 14. Heigh-Ho! The Sabine Pass?; 15. The Blockade Must Be Kept Up; 16. Notwithstanding All Our Watchfulness

17. Anything Is Preferable Than Lying on Our Oars18. Go Ahead Sir; 19. You Had Better Surrender; 20. Blockade Running . . . Is at an End; Conclusion; Notes; Select Bibliography; Index

In Lincoln's Trident, Coast Guard historian Robert M. Browning Jr. continues his magisterial series about the Union's naval blockade of the Confederacy during the American Civil War. Established by the Navy Department in 1862, the West Gulf Blockading Squadron operated from St. Andrews Bay (Panama City), Florida to the Rio Grande River. As with the Navy's blockade squadrons operating in the Atlantic, the mission of the West Gulf Blockading Squadron was to cripple the South's economy by halting imports and disrupting cotton exports, the South's main source of hard currency. The blockade also limited transportation within the South and participated in combined operations with Union land forces. The history of the squadron comprises myriad parts and players, deployed in a variety of missions across the thousand-mile-wide Western Theater. From disorganized beginnings, the squadron's leaders and sailors had to overcome setbacks, unfulfilled expectations, and lost opportunities. Browning masterfully captures the many variables that influenced the strategic choices of Navy commanders as they both doggedly pursued unchanging long-term goals as well as improvised and reacted to short-term opportunities. Notable among its leaders was David Glasgow Farragut, believed by many to be America's greatest naval hero, who led the squadron through most of the war and the climactic Battle of Mobile Bay. Under his legendary leadership, the squadron not only sealed Confederate sea ports, but also made feints and thrusts up the Mississippi River as far north as Vicksburg, Mississippi. Knowing the Navy's role in isolating the Confederate economy and preventing the movement of troops and supplies within the South is crucial to understanding of the outcomes of the Civil War, as well as the importance of naval power in military conflicts. With thirty-five maps and

illustrations,Lincoln's Trident expounds upon an essential part of the Civil War as well as naval and American history.

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Historian Browning (US Coast Guard) here continues his multivolume review of the US Navy fleets involved in the coastal blockade of the Confederacy during the Civil War (e.g., From Cape Charles to Cape Fear: The North Atlantic Blockading Squadron during the Civil War, 1993). The West Gulf Squadron, under the brilliant leadership of Adm. David G. Farragut, was a key participant in the Union's efforts to halt Southern trade over a thousand mile stretch from Florida to Texas, while aiding (or trying to aid) US Army operations on the coasts and rivers of the western theater. Browning examines in detail the squadron's men, strategic opportunities, economic versus logistical interdiction questions, and campaigns on the oceans and streams from New Orleans and Vicksburg in 1862 to Mobile Bay in 1864-65, as well as on many of the inland bayous from Florida to Texas and out in the Gulf of Mexico. Illustrated by 35 maps and photos, the work finishes with a thoughtful summary chapter entitled "Conclusions." Heavily documented with notes, given a select bibliography, and thoroughly indexed, this comprehensive work will stand as the definitive treatment of its topic. Especially for collections in Civil War or business history. Summing Up: Recommended. All levels/libraries. --Myron J. Smith, Tusculum College

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Robert M. Browning Jr. is Chief Historian of the United States Coast Guard and author of Success Is All that Was Expected: The South Atlantic Blockading Squadron during the Civil War and From Cape Charles to Cape Fear: The North Atlantic Blockading Squadron during the Civil War . <br>

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